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BboyDora
post Nov 5 2017, 10:59 PM

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going to new zealand next week.
and drive there. any things i should pay attention to which is different than malaysia?

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post Nov 6 2017, 08:53 AM

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QUOTE(BboyDora @ Nov 5 2017, 10:59 PM)
going to new zealand next week.
and drive there. any things i should pay attention to which is different than malaysia?
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follow the speed limit esp in town area.
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post Nov 6 2017, 11:25 PM

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QUOTE(BboyDora @ Nov 5 2017, 10:59 PM)
going to new zealand next week.
and drive there. any things i should pay attention to which is different than malaysia?
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Car or campervan?.
Depending on which part of Malaysia you've actually drove before, but generally the difference is :

1.) ALOT of single lane road/highway.
2.) Petrol Station is not so common at many place.
3.) Road can be pretty dark at night.
4.) Priority for Pedestrian Crossing
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ONE
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6.) Enjoy the entire view icon_rolleyes.gif
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post Nov 7 2017, 06:20 PM

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Can i bring cereal such as milo, maggi mee to NZ? Will customs confiscate?
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post Nov 8 2017, 12:18 AM

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Hi all !

I will be heading to NZ tomm, doing only a north island tour this time round. Rented a car as well.

Just wondering, if this ok, a bit of a last minute planning sweat.gif

9 Nov - 10 Nov - Arrival at Auckland
10 Nov - 11 Nov - Tauranga
11 Nov - 13 Nov - Taupo (can go rotorua as well)
13 Nov to 14 Nov - Napier (will be doing hawks bay winery tour)
14 Nov to 16 Nov - Wellingtong (plus day trip to Picton, more winery runs!)
16 Nov to 17 Nov - New Plymouth
17 Nov to 18 Nov - Waitomo
18 Nov to 19 Nov - Hamilton (detour to Hobbiton)
19 Nov to 20 Nov - Back to Auckland

17 Nov to 20 Nov is still flexi, as i've booked up to New Plymouth, and can pretty much play around with the last 3 days.. Just thinking if I should go to Hobbiton from Tauranga before heading to Taupo, or stay at Hamilton and go to Hobbiton from there. Also, not sure if i should head direct to Hamilton and stay there, to go waitomo caves or stay at waitomo itself.

Mainly gonna be eating and sight see.. have read quite a fair bit on places to go. Just hope it's not too cramped and rushed!

Appreciate if there's any feedback.

Thanks!
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post Nov 8 2017, 09:00 AM

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QUOTE(hapyhapy82 @ Nov 7 2017, 06:20 PM)
Can i bring cereal such as milo, maggi mee to NZ? Will customs confiscate?
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Milo and maggie mie should be fine, but don't bring meat or vegetables.


QUOTE(RaptoR @ Nov 8 2017, 12:18 AM)
Hi all !

I will be heading to NZ tomm, doing only a north island tour this time round. Rented a car as well.

Just wondering, if this ok, a bit of a last minute planning  sweat.gif

9 Nov - 10 Nov - Arrival at Auckland
10 Nov - 11 Nov - Tauranga
11 Nov - 13 Nov - Taupo (can go rotorua as well)
13 Nov to 14 Nov - Napier (will be doing hawks bay winery tour)
14 Nov to 16 Nov - Wellingtong (plus day trip to Picton, more winery runs!)
16 Nov to 17 Nov - New Plymouth
17 Nov to 18 Nov - Waitomo
18 Nov to 19 Nov - Hamilton (detour to Hobbiton)
19 Nov to 20 Nov - Back to Auckland

17 Nov to 20 Nov is still flexi, as i've booked up to New Plymouth, and can pretty much play around with the last 3 days.. Just thinking if I should go to Hobbiton from Tauranga before heading to Taupo, or stay at Hamilton and go to Hobbiton from there. Also, not sure if i should head direct to Hamilton and stay there, to go waitomo caves or stay at waitomo itself.

Mainly gonna be eating and sight see.. have read quite a fair bit on places to go. Just hope it's not too cramped and rushed!

Appreciate if there's any feedback.

Thanks!
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Don't forget to drop by Taranaki around new plymouth!

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post Nov 10 2017, 09:45 AM

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Thx, i'm taking AA and will transit at Gold Coast for 2 hours, and when return will transit at Melbourne for 4 hours. Question do i need to apply for a Aus visa for transit?
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QUOTE(kazekage_09 @ Oct 25 2017, 06:19 PM)
İf you just a couple then it doable although it seem tight to me. İf you have kids like me then it a total no no. My itinerary is quite similar to you.

İf you just hiring a small campervan (not motorhome), you can get your groceries at pak n save because it way more cheaper. There are 2 pak n save and if you want to go, i recommend go to the one near the CHC top 10 holiday park because it less crowded. İ drove a motorhome so they not encourage me to go to pak n save because the parking is small. İ ended up getting my groceries at Countdown which has a large parking for motorhome.

On first day of getting our ride, our plan was same as yours to drive straight to Hokitika. But we ended up stayed at Amber Kiwi Holiday Park because my kid very ill. We go there next day and we camp at the Otto Mcdonald. Nothing special about it and for me to pay NZD 13 perperson for nothing except for the basic toilet facility is really expensive.

Then our plan to stay at Wanaka but it already dark and we decided to camp at Lake Paringa Campsite which also a DOC campsite. İt one of our best night because of the clear sky and total zero light pollution. İt is my first stargazing experience.

And İ highly recommend the Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park as İ think it is the best holiday park we stayed.

Also we done the Milford Cruise with Mitre Peak for just NZD 80 for 2 pax (infants are free) booked through bookme.

İ also recommend you to freedom camping at Lake Pukaki Reserve. The view in the morning it just unbeatable. But İ think the White Horse Hill will be awesome too.

İ think on 14th and 15th you will be tired because of the distance and activity but if both of you can drive then it would be fine.
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Thank you so much for your feedback and suggestions bro.

Good news, Airasia delayed my KL-Auckland flight by 45minutes, so they gave me the offer of moving my travel dates for FREE. So I have decided to extend my holiday there from 9/1/18 - 20/1/18 (12 full days in south island). Back to drawing board now and replan itinerary!
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post Nov 12 2017, 12:07 PM

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any crime thingy might happens in New zealand? Such as pick pockets, cheating, etc etc that i should pay attention to?
Going soon there.


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post Nov 12 2017, 04:03 PM

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QUOTE(BboyDora @ Nov 12 2017, 12:07 PM)
any crime thingy might happens in New zealand? Such as pick pockets, cheating, etc etc that i should pay attention to?
Going soon there.
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NZ is one of the safest country.
No worries about those things but just becareful la if u r in big towns.
Who knows it might happen.
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post Nov 12 2017, 08:29 PM

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QUOTE(BboyDora @ Nov 12 2017, 12:07 PM)
any crime thingy might happens in New zealand? Such as pick pockets, cheating, etc etc that i should pay attention to?
Going soon there.
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My friend car was window was smashed and his laptop was stolen. In Auckland.
Also in Auckland, there's a few people approaching you and ask for money, just ignore them.

N perhaps be careful of drunk people laugh.gif

Otherwise, it's safe.
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Who's coming to NZ this Dec? Looking for someone to purchase stuff from Malaysia to NZ.

Can belanja makan in Auckland smile.gif
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post Nov 14 2017, 12:48 PM

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QUOTE(felicious @ Nov 12 2017, 08:29 PM)
My friend car was window was smashed and his laptop was stolen. In Auckland.
Also in Auckland, there's a few people approaching you and ask for money, just ignore them.

N perhaps be careful of drunk people laugh.gif

Otherwise, it's safe.
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Wow. Scary.
Thanks a lot from the reminder

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post Nov 16 2017, 09:59 PM

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Since I was able to extend my flight until the 21st, I have revised my travel itinerary as below:

9/1/2018
• Arrive at Christchurch at 0945am. Collect campervan from Wilderness. Shop for groceries at Spitfire Square Shopping.
• Head to Lake Tekapo (224km, 3-4 hours), stop by Rakaia Gorge.
• (15min drive up-hill) Mt John Observatory in the evening
• Camp by Lake Pukaki, The Pines. (52.2km)

10/1/2018
• Rise early, head to Mount Cook, hike along Hooker valley track (about 3 hours return trip)
• Camp at White Horse Hill DOC

11/1/2018
• Head to Wanaka (247km, 3 hours)
• Sky Diving
• Lake Hawea Holiday Park

12/1/2018
• Head to Te Anau via Crown Range Road. (241km, 3 hours)
• Gloworm cave at night (KIV)
• Camp at Henry Creek DOC

13/1/2018
• Head to Milford Sound, do Milford cruise
• Drive back to Queenstown
• Camp at Lake Hayes

14/1/2018
• Explore Queenstown. Early morning for Fergburger (8am). Have lunch in Skyline Queenstown. Camp at Creeksyde

15/1/2018
• Leave Queenstown
• Head for Franz Josef via Cromwell (4 hours drive)
• Visit Lake Matheson
• Camp at Franz Josef top 10 holiday park

16/1/2018
• Head to Hokitika (139km)
• Have lunch there
• Go to CHC via Arthur’s pass
• Camp at North South holiday Park
17/1/2018
• Return campervan. Chill in CHC

Nothing planned for 18/1, 19/1 and 20/1 yet. Probably fly back to North and explore that area. Returning flight to KL on the 21/1/18 820pm.

What do you guys think? Is it still too much of driving?

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post Nov 17 2017, 06:28 AM

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QUOTE(voyage23 @ Nov 16 2017, 09:59 PM)
Since I was able to extend my flight until the 21st, I have revised my travel itinerary as below:

9/1/2018
• Arrive at Christchurch at 0945am. Collect campervan from Wilderness. Shop for groceries at Spitfire Square Shopping.
• Head to Lake Tekapo (224km, 3-4 hours), stop by Rakaia Gorge.
• (15min drive up-hill) Mt John Observatory in the evening
• Camp by Lake Pukaki, The Pines. (52.2km)

10/1/2018
• Rise early, head to Mount Cook, hike along Hooker valley track (about 3 hours return trip)
• Camp at White Horse Hill DOC

11/1/2018
• Head to Wanaka (247km, 3 hours)
• Sky Diving
• Lake Hawea Holiday Park

12/1/2018
• Head to Te Anau via Crown Range Road. (241km, 3 hours)
• Gloworm cave at night (KIV)
• Camp at Henry Creek DOC

13/1/2018
• Head to Milford Sound, do Milford cruise
• Drive back to Queenstown
• Camp at Lake Hayes

14/1/2018
• Explore Queenstown. Early morning for Fergburger (8am). Have lunch in Skyline Queenstown. Camp at Creeksyde

15/1/2018
• Leave Queenstown
• Head for Franz Josef via Cromwell (4 hours drive)
• Visit Lake Matheson
• Camp at Franz Josef top 10 holiday park

16/1/2018
• Head to Hokitika (139km)
• Have lunch there
• Go to CHC via Arthur’s pass
• Camp at North South holiday Park
17/1/2018
• Return campervan. Chill in CHC

Nothing planned for 18/1, 19/1 and 20/1 yet. Probably fly back to North and explore that area. Returning flight to KL on the 21/1/18 820pm.

What do you guys think? Is it still too much of driving?
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Pretty much the same like mine except I'm doing anticlockwise and you doing clockwise. I decided to do the anticlockwise after looking for advise from the locals at tripadvisor forum. They recommend that because the views get better and better and all the views are in front of you. I personally agreed but I'm might be wrong though.

And you might include Glenorchy and maybe short detour to the Arrowtown while you're in Queenstown.
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post Nov 17 2017, 04:59 PM

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About a week I'm in New Zealand now. So far so good.
Today in Queenstown, totally different than the other place . Almost knocked by drunkards who drive dangerously with those ah Beng modified exhaust pipe

Then , i saw another car who go speed through the roundabout then horn like no body business. All this is in the town area.

No wonder the local ppl told me not advisable to come to queens town. Lol.

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post Yesterday, 12:26 AM

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QUOTE(BboyDora @ Nov 17 2017, 04:59 PM)
About a week I'm in New Zealand now. So far so good.
Today in Queenstown, totally different than the other  place . Almost knocked by drunkards who drive dangerously with those ah Beng modified exhaust pipe

Then , i saw another car who go speed through the roundabout then horn like no body business. All this is in the town area.

No wonder the local ppl told me not advisable to come to queens town. Lol.
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Queenstown is a party city, with an awesome view.
I love Queenstown thou
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Anyone there in NZ currently?
Care to share some recent photos of NZ?
Missing NZ already.

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